How to Get Involved With the City
There are many opportunities for the public to get involved with the City of Toronto throughout the year, every year. The City actively encourages participation by its residents in order to make our city a better place for all to live, work, learn and play.
The primary way citizens can help shape their city is to vote for mayor, councillors and school board trustees. Learn how to change the City of Toronto by voting and how to help out during the next election.
Public Consultation Listings
The City of Toronto hosts a variety of public consultations each year on a diverse range of local and city-wide subjects. The following list is regularly updated to reflect the City’s current public consultations.
Public Consultation Calendar
Using this calendar tool you can view upcoming City of Toronto public consultation events and activities by date.
Public Consultations Map
Using this map tool can find upcoming City of Toronto public consultation events and activities near your location.
Councillors and the mayor are accessible to the public and want to hear from citizens. You can contact your councillor to: share your opinion; find out what is going on in your community; get help accessing City services; join their mailing list; and invite them to a community event or meeting. If you’re not sure who your councillor is click the above link and type in your address under “Search by Address or Place.”
If you want to make your views known about a matter being considered by a committee of Council you can do so in two ways: 1) submit comments in writing by mail, fax or email or 2) request to speak before a committee of City Council to share your comments with committee members directly.
Sign a Petition
Petitions can be submitted to the City Clerk or a member of City Council about an item on the agenda of a committee meeting or City Council meeting. The petition, including all the names of those who have signed it become part of the public record. Scroll to page 27-20 of the procedure by-law for details on submitting a petition.
Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 27, Council Procedures(127 pages, 1.1 MB)
The City needs residents of Toronto to serve on high profile, challenging and exciting boards of directors for City agencies or corporations. The public are invited to apply to join the Boards that oversee such entities as the Toronto Transit Commission, the Committee of Adjustment, and Build Toronto.
Application Deadlines & Upcoming Appointments
Listings of deadlines and scheduled nominating panel meetings.
Apply Now to Join Boards
Use our online application system to apply for board opportunities.
The City has several public advisory groups that provide advice from local communities about the operation of City facilities or the implementation of projects.
Participate in a Local Poll
The City conducts polls to gather opinions about a possible change in your community. Households or businesses may receive information by mail from the City about a local poll and how to participate.
Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project
The City of Toronto is hosting a multi-year Participatory Budgeting (PB) pilot in three areas of Toronto: Ward 33, and the two neighbourhoods of Oakridge (Ward 35) and Rustic (Ward 12). The pilot will help City Council decide what PB in Toronto might look like in the future.